Cheryl

by Cheryl Baxter

Happy Monday to you!

This past week has been pretty awesome in terms of birding.  I didn’t actually have to go further than my own back ‘field’.  I am so blessed to be able to live where I do.  There is so much nature to explore.  (Also bugs to avoid, but that’s another story!)

While walking in the weeds in my back field, I was thrilled to discover a Red-Winged Blackbird’s nest.   That would definitely explain why they were telling me off, and flying over head the whole time I was back there. I didn’t realize they made their nests in the tall weeds. The nest is literally being held up by the long grasses. It’s amazing how these birds weave their nesting material through the long weeds.  Smart Birds!

This week I was able to photograph a lifer! A Warbling Vireo. Cute little guy.  (Photo below)

One night this week my husband and I heard a loud high-pitched squawk outside our living room window.  We knew it was an owl but really couldn’t figure out what owl.  After doing some research we figured it was either a juvenile Barred Owl, or a juvenile Great Horned Owl.  I am leaning towards the latter. I listened to sound waves on All about Birds. (Cornell website)  If ever you are searching for a bird sound or trying to identify one…I highly recommend this site.

Please enjoy my collection below.  Don’t be shy to comment or ask questions.

Here’s wishing you a week of Feathers, Wings & Beaks!

~Cheryl

Red-Winged Blackbird nest
Red-Winged Blackbird nest
Red-Winged Blackbird nest
Red-Winged Blackbird nest
Grumpy Grackle
Grumpy Grackle
Turkey Vulture flying over my field.
Turkey Vulture flying over my field.
DUCK!  (Mallard female flying overhead)
DUCK! (Mallard female flying overhead)
Common Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellow-throated Warbler
Little Ruby-throated Hummingbird having a rest
Little Ruby-throated Hummingbird having a rest
Not sure if this is a Willow Flycatcher, or an Alder Flycatcher
Not sure if this is a Willow Flycatcher, or an Alder Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo (lifer for me!)
Warbling Vireo
(lifer for me!)
Common Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellow-throated Warbler (my favourite photo of one so far)